Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Waking the Behr
SERIES: Foothills Pride (book #7)
AUTHOR: Pat Henshaw
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 88 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2017
Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.
Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.
As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.
I was excited to get another chance at reading about more of the men in the Foothills Pride series.
Ben Behr is the younger brother of Abe from the earlier book “Behr Facts”. He works with his brother as a contractor and owner of Behr Construction. When he is called in to give his opinion and estimate on a new job he meets Mitch O’Shea. He is confused by his sudden attraction to the gorgeous man. He knows and totally accepts that his brothers are openly gay but he has always been attracted and dated only women. So why the sudden interest in this fascinating man. Mitch O’Shea wants to branch out and build his fifth business, a family friendly steak house that offers fun for the kids while their parents can enjoy a good meal. While spending time getting to know each other feelings become obvious. “Waking the Behr” takes us where those feelings lead.
I had been excited to read the next book in this series. Unfortunately that excitement was curbed a bit. This was a cute little novella that had a good premise but it fell a bit short for me. The characters, while interesting sounding, lacked depth and the story was a bit erratic. Sometimes I wondered why a part of the story was added. We know that each man needed to introduce the other to their likes, way of life and their environment. But I felt like we kinda got the Readers Digest condensed version. There were scenarios that seems just placed but needed more depth and development. The men’s “relationship” was only a few on page kisses that just weren’t that inspiring to make me want to make sure that these two men actually worked out and wound up together. There were references to off page sex but it was just skimmed over. I really feel like this was a big miss for the author. I’m not saying these men weren’t likable, it just felt like I really needed to get to know them more so I could feel invested in them. I’m still not completely sure if Ben is gay, bi-sexual or this was a “gay-for-you” story.
It was a fast read, cute little story but I feel like it really needed to have more depth and development for me.